Eastern Cape Province
The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, and the north-eastern section borders the Lesotho region. Other surrounding areas include the Western Cape Province, the Northern Cape, the Free State area and the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Eastern Cape Province was the place where the 1820 Settlers landed, which then became their home. The Xhosa community’s traditional home forms part of the central and eastern sections of the region. The region is also considered the second largest Province in the country.
As with many regions in South Africa, the geography and landscape is diverse from arid regions to beautifully green areas. One of the major attractions of the Eastern Cape is its unspoiled and scenic coastline, which also provides a number of excellent beaches. These include beaches in areas like Jeffery’s Bay; some marvellous beaches in Port Elizabeth and of course the sand dunes and beaches in East London.
The Province is one of the poorer regions in the country, but there are plans to help grow and develop the area economically. Many of the properties for sale are very reasonably priced compared to other major towns and cities throughout South Africa. Obviously apartments available on the coast in areas like Port Elizabeth will be in a higher price range. There are also still many properties with vacant land for sale in a number of towns around the Province.
The Eastern Cape is a Malaria Free region where you can also see the ‘Big Five’. The Addo Elephant National Park is a Reserve that offers views of an abundance of wild life. The Reserve can be found close to Port Elizabeth and offers a variety of activities from game drives to hiking trails and horse trails. You also have places like the Tsitsikamma National Park, which forms part of the Garden Route National Park. Close to the Tsitsikamma Park you will find the Bloukrans Bridge; this is where you get to experience the third highest bungee jump.
One of the more unique areas in South Africa is the Snow Ski Resort known as Tiffindell. The Resort is located inland close to the Lesotho Border in the Southern Drakensberg. They even have state of the art snowmakers, to ensure there is enough snow to last the entire season. Looking for a bit of culture, then the annual national Arts Festival is the place to be. This Festival is held in Grahamstown and showcases some of the best local talent.
There are a number of quant smaller towns in the Eastern Cape, such as Aliwal North. The town also borders the Free State and is well-known for its Spa Holiday Resort, which offers visitors a chance to try out the warm mineral springs in the area. How about Hogsback, a small town located in the Amathole Mountains. The area is a great place to go for some of the most scenic hiking trails, and great trout fishing.
The Eastern Cape Province also has some of the country’s most well-known University’s including the Rhodes University in Grahamstown and the Nelson Mandela University located in Port Elizabeth. The Province is also home to the futuristic and modern designed Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, where some great soccer matches were played during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.